Posted on by Erin | Earnest Home

I’ve been a fan of washed linen since who-knows-when, and the thought of a washed linen tablecloth sounds so casual, but luxe.  With all of the dip dye, tye dye, and shibori going around, I wanted to give a subtle color to my linens that would add dimension to my table without being distracting. I wanted to use a warm marigold color to give all my other moody browns a greens a little lift.

It was much much easier than I had built it up in my mind to be.  The longest part was washing the linen pre and post dyeing. Keep reading below if you’re interested in the step by step directions!

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Materials:

  • 2.5 yards of 100% linen (cotton) fabric
  • 1 package of Rit dye in your color choice
  • 1.25″ wooden dowel
  • Large Bucket

ONE prewash the fabric, but do not dry.  With the fabric still wet, twist it into a long strand and then wrap it around your wooden dowel in a compact coil.  TWO premix your dye in a small measuring cut before adding it to 3 gallons of hot water.  THREE add your coiled fabric to the dye. FOUR stir well.  Although package directions say to continue stirring, this is to ensure dye covereage and since we’re not concerned with that, I just let mine sit and stirred once every 10 minutes or so.

Rinse the entire cloth in the sink until the water runs clear, then wash and dry.  Voila!

There are so many ways this could be done.  The color possibilities are endless!